Meet 2019's Top Healthcare Heroes

Nothing is more important than the state of one’s well-being. Here are 10 inspirational reasons why Westchesterites have a whole lot to feel good about.

Photo by Stefan Radtke

Our Healthcare Heroes

These 10 exemplary individuals have made helping others their singular calling in life. They may be your neighbors, your healthcare providers, or leaders in the communities where you live and work. Either way, they are the pillars of our community and a key factor in the quality of life we have come to expect in Westchester County. We are privileged to have them among us and we are honored to showcase them to the community they serve.


Our Method

We receieved upwards of 100 Healthcare Heroes nominations this year, submitted by family, friends, coworkers, managers, and even hospital CEOs and presidents. That collection was vetted down to approximately 40 of the strongest nominees, representing many providers of healthcare, including nurses, therapists, first responders, volunteers, business people, and even an attorney. From this select group, our five judges independently selected their 10 top candidates, with two to three “alternates.” From this group, points were awarded to each, and the 10 top point-earners were declared winners.


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Jill Ostrager, MD 

Westmed Medical Group

Marvin M. Lipman, MD

Scarsdale Medical Group, Section Chief (emeritus) of Medicine, White Plains Hospital

Carolyn Conway Ryan, RN, BSN

Vice President of Quality, Elizabeth Seton Children’s Center

Susanne Basso

Volunteer, NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Division

Sandy Samberg

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner; Cofounder and Executive Director, SOUL RYEDERS®

John Connolly, EdD

Cofounder, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

Kelly Marie Glynn, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Pathologist at Elizabeth Seton Children’s Rehabilitation Center

Catherine McGovern, MD

OB/GYN, Westmed Medical Group/White Plains Hospital

Susan Salomone

MS Counseling, MS Supervision, Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC), Cofounder and Executive Director of Drug Crisis in Our Backyard

Marina K. Holz, PhD

Dean of the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences and Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy, New York Medical College (NYMC)

Our Judges

We are thankful for our panel of esteemed Westchester-based judges — each an accomplished healthcare or community leader — who selected our extraordinary finalists. They are:


Robert W. Amler, MD, MBA

New York Medical College
Vice President, Government Affairs
Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice and Institute of Public Health


Sherlita Amler, MD, MS

Westchester County
Commissioner of Health


Kathleen Reilly Fallon, MD

Foot and Ankle Surgeon
Midtown Manhattan Health Center


Mary H. Gadomski, BSN, RN

Executive Director
Montefiore Home Care


Mary K. Spengler, MS

Chief Executive Officer
Hospice of Westchester


Our Thanks

A special thank-you to our readers and others throughout Westchester for their ongoing interest and for bringing to our attention the achievements of so many deserving individuals. A sincere thanks, as well, to our sponsors, who continue to support this effort with such incredible generosity and commitment.


Our Awards Luncheon

Please help us celebrate the people who personify the substance and quality of Westchester County
at our sixth annual Healthcare Heroes Luncheon, on May 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Mulino’s at Lake Isle in Eastchester (seats are filling fast). For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit

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